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    50% humidity is fine.
    I have lower humidity at certian times in the year and my plants still pitcher.
    I think the key is having good light. My plants still pitcher in the winter time with the shortened light period, as I do not use any artificial lighting.


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    Not sure which mine is (Alata or ventracosa maybe? but in winter it goes in a west window, bright light, no direct Sun. Once danger of frost is past it goes out under my back roofed patio deck, morning Sun only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyr View Post
    Not sure which mine is (Alata or ventracosa maybe?
    I think it's a N. ventrata. I got what I thought was an Alata at the time, but Ben persuaded me to believing that it was actually a N. ventrata.

    Here is a picture of one of my pitchers from my alleged ventrata; however, it is not nearly as mature as yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    I think it's a N. ventrata. I got what I thought was an Alata at the time, but Ben persuaded me to believing that it was actually a N. ventrata.

    Here is a picture of one of my pitchers from my alleged ventrata; however, it is not nearly as mature as yours.
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    Thanks for replying, I agree. I chose the wrong variety. I appreciate your info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyr View Post
    Thanks for replying, I agree. I chose the wrong variety. I appreciate your info!

    Tom
    No problem. I can't wait for mine to look like yours.

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    N.x ventrata is one of my favorite Neps. Tommyr, if you weren't aware you were very close with your guess (ventrata is the hybrid of ventricosa and alata). I grew several of those outside when I lived in a more tropical climate.
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    Plants arrived!




    I guess all I can do is cross my fingers now.

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    Trashcan,

    All the stuff from my lowland collection on the photo page is grown as houseplants on a windowsill or near a window. Average house temps and humidity seems okay for some plants. Ones to definitely avoid are the hot, humid lowlanders like bical, ampullaria, and northiana to name a few. The thicker and waxier the leaves, the better the odds of good growing. Highland or lowland truncatas seem to do well. I would venture to say that any of the intermediate hybrids to possible lowland / highland hybrids that are available should do fine. Typical classics like maxima, ventricosa, and alata should be easy. True highlanders I haven't tried growing indoors just because I have more room outside. I wouldn't do the real up there highlanders like macrophylla, villosa to name a few. But some of the midrange guys like boschiana, eustachya, vogelii, platychila (the last two are rather pricey) may work. Anything from around 900m-1600m range I'd give a go. Since there are so many good lowland / highland hybrids available now as well as species plants that are very reasonably priced, I'd experiment with some just for fun.

    Oh, I don't have air conditioning but air movement does help. I try as much as possible to leave the windows open a bit during the day to increase air movement around the house.

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